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The Blood Guard
by Carter Roy


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When thirteen-year-old Ronan Truelove s seemingly ordinary mom snatches him from school, then sets off on a high speed car chase, Ronan is shocked. His quiet, nerdy dad has been kidnapped? And the kidnappers are after him, too?

His mom, he quickly learns, is anything but ordinary.  Read more...


 
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Overview

When thirteen-year-old Ronan Truelove s seemingly ordinary mom snatches him from school, then sets off on a high speed car chase, Ronan is shocked. His quiet, nerdy dad has been kidnapped? And the kidnappers are after him, too?

His mom, he quickly learns, is anything but ordinary. In fact, she s a member of an ancient order of knights, the Blood Guard, a sword-wielding secret society sworn to protect the Pure thirty-six noble souls whose safety is crucial if the world as we know it is to survive.

Now all those after-school activities gymnastics, judo, survival training she made him take, make sense. For suddenly Ronan is swept up in a sometimes funny, sometimes scary, but always thrilling adventure dashing from one danger to the next, using his wits to escape the Bend Sinister, a posse of evil doers with strange powers. Falling in with two unlikely companions, Greta, a scrappy, strong-willed girl he s never much liked and Jack, a devil-may-care teenage pickpocket, Ronan is left with only his wits and his mom s last words of advice: Trust no one.

That s a lot for an ordinary kid to deal with. But then again, maybe Ronan s not ordinary at all.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781477847251
  • ISBN-10: 1477847251
  • Publisher: Two Lions
  • Publish Date: March 2014
  • Page Count: 279
  • Reading Level: Ages 8-12

Series: Blood Guard #1

Related Categories

Books > Juvenile Fiction > Action & Adventure - General
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Fantasy & Magic

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2014-03-03
  • Reviewer: Staff

Debut novelist Roy (a pseudonym for agent Michael Stearns) launches a sharp and energetic trilogy with a breakneck opening and an everyboy narrator who becomes enmeshed in extraordinary circumstances. The improbably named (outside of fantasy novels) Evelyn Ronan Truelove's mother picks him up from school and takes him on a madcap car chase. Once they escape their pursuers, she explains that Ronan's many extracurricular activities—gymnastics, judo, etc.—were to help train him to join the Blood Guard, the secret organization she belongs to whose job it is to protect The Pure, the handful of humans so impossibly good, they balance out the sins of the rest of the world. Along the way, Ronan fights an evil organization called the Bend Sinister and teams up with a girl named Greta and a boy named Jack. The use of familiar fantasy devices is balanced by Roy's narrative verve and multilayered characters, who display genuine emotion and self-awareness. Breathless action, witty dialogue, and unabashed fun should keep most readers from noticing that the plot sometimes stretches itself thin. Ages 10–up. Agent: the Inkhouse. (Mar.)

 
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